A military helicopter carrying Mexico's Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat crashed Friday night in the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca, killing at least 13 people, local media reported.
The accident occurred during an inspection flight of earthquake-affected areas, as the country was hit by a 7.2-magnitude quake,earlier in the day.
Twelve people died at the site of the crash in Santiago Jamiltepec, while another person died in the hospital, the state attorney general's office said. Three of the dead were children, the office said. Fifteen others were injured.
Initially, the Mexican Interior Ministry said via Twitter that two people were killed in the crash, noting that the senior officials survived.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the crash took place while the helicopter was landing.
"Unfortunately, people on the ground lost their lives and others were wounded. My condolences to their families and my wishes for a prompt recovery to those injured," the President tweeted.